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Popcorn Clouds Over Sri Lanka and Palk Strait

7.5N 80.1E

March 3rd, 2013 Category: Clouds

India – March 3rd, 2013

Popcorn clouds dot the skies over the northern part of Sri Lanka and the Palk Strait, which separate the island-nation from India. This type of cloud cover is likely an indication of plant growth: increased phytosynthesis releases water vapor into the air which then rises and cools, condensing into small, dotted clouds.

India’s Ramanathapuram District and Islands of Pamban Bridge

9.2N 79.2E

November 24th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

India - November 24th, 2011

This APM image shows Ramanathapuram District, an administrative district of Tamil Nadu state in southern India. The city of Ramanathapuram is the district headquarters. Ramanthapuram District has an area of 4123 km².

It is bounded on the north by Sivaganga District, on the northeast by Pudukkottai District, on the east by the Palk Strait, on the south by the Gulf of Mannar, on the west by Thoothukudi District, and on the northwest by Virudhunagar District.

The district contains the Pamban Bridge, an east-west chain of low islands and shallow reefs that extend between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka, and separate the Palk Strait from the Gulf of Mannar. The Palk Strait is presently navigable only by shallow-draft vessels.

Palk Strait and Clouds Framing Southeastern Indian Coastline

8.5N 79.1E

November 16th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Sediments

India - October 21st, 2011

Clouds frame the southeastern coast of India, clearly marking the separation between land and water via a thin yet decisive white line. To the south, popcorn clouds hang over the northern and western parts of the Sri Lankan mainland.

India and Sri Lanka are separated by the Palk Strait, which stretches between the Tamil Nadu state of India and the Mannar district of the Northern Province of the island nation of Sri Lanka. It connects the Bay of Bengal in the northeast with the Palk Bay and thence with the Gulf of Mannar in the southwest.

The strait is 33 to 50 miles (53 to 80 km) wide. Several rivers flow into it, including the Vaigai River of Tamil Nadu. Here, some greenish sediments can be seen in the strait, although the water also appears slightly discolored due to sun glint.

Popcorn Clouds Over India and Sri Lanka

8.5N 79.1E

October 24th, 2011 Category: Clouds

India and Sri Lanka - October 21st, 2011

Popcorn clouds hang over parts of India (above) and Sri Lanka (right). The two countries are separated by the Palk Strait,which connects the Bay of Bengal in the northeast with the Palk Bay and thence with the Gulf of Mannar in the southwest.

Visible in the lower left corner of the image (best observed upon opening the full version) are the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India.

Sediments from Cauvery River by Point Calimere, India – June 30th, 2011

10.3N 79.8E

June 30th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

India and Sri Lanka - June 21st, 2011

Sediments can be observed in the Palk Strait, between India (left) and Sri Lanka (lower right). Here, they are most concentrated near Point Calimere, also called Cape Calimere, a low headland on the Coromandel Coast, in the Nagapattinam district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

It is the apex of the Cauvery River delta, and marks a nearly right-angle turn in the coastline. The Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, with an area of 24.17 km²,  includes the cape and its three natural habitat types: dry evergreen forests, mangrove forests, and wetlands.

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